As heavy rains left the city waterlogged on Thursday, chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu took a jibe at the deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and posted pictures of waterlogged roads with vehicles stuck on them on Facebook. Her post read ‘Pilot project of Sukhbir Badal-Floating Cars without petrol’.
The pictures revealed shameful civic conditions of the city that is getting worse due to the ambitious BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) project started two years ago by the deputy CM.
Here is her Facebook post:
The holy city is under construction due to various ongoing development works, multiplying the woes for the people.
City residents expressed their unhappiness about the hassles they are being put through by the government during the ongoing BRTS project. Jaswinder Kaur, a student who commutes from the walled city to Amritsar, said, “Only time will tell how fruitful is BRTS project is but as far as the construction period is concerned, we are extremely upset with the way things have been approached.”
With roads dug-up all around the city, it has led to sewerage woes, waterlogging and traffic bottlenecks besides making roads accident prone.
Now, the three-hour heavy rainfall on Thursday left the city inundated and the residents inconvenienced. The two-wheeler riders were spotted pushing their vehicles in knee-deep water. Many vehicles also broke down while plying on the water-filled roads.
Rishab Jain, a baker, said, “I have been in this city since a few years now and there has not been seen any change in the civic conditions here. It seems the MC is turning a blind eye to the residents’ problems. During rains, the city turns into a pool and authorities are sleeping.”
Moreover, the Amritsar municipal corporation (MC) has also failed to react to this long pending problem. The MC has also not ensured that the desilting is done properly in every part of the city, especially before the rainy season.
During the general house meeting, the MC had passed the resolution of allocating Rs 12.10 crore for the project of sanitation and de-silting sewerage and drains, so that these drains could incorporate the rain water.
SUPER-SUCKER MACHINES A FAILURE
Even though the MC has put on job super-sucker machines to clean the sewerage after mayor Bakshi Ram Arora had claimed that people of Amritsar will see a change with these machines, but that too seems to be not working as desired as the sewers remain choked.